James and the Giant Weekend

Event information

Event type: drop-in, special event

Location: Orange Zone

Ticket prices:

Free entry

Plan your visit

Plan your day and find your way to various activties with the James and the Giant Weekend programme.

We’re joining forces with the Roald Dahl Story Company to host James and the Giant Weekend, a family festival inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved story, on 8-9 September.

Explore the natural world celebrated in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, ahead of the global celebrations for Roald Dahl Day on 13 September. 

We have a giant weekend of activities and events for the whole family to make fun discoveries about James's friends.

What's on over the weekend?


Minibeast Explorer

Join our expert minibeast detectives to uncover marvellous minibeasts in the Museum’s Wildlife Garden. Suitable for 5+. Drop-in: 11.00–16.30


Whizzbanging Words

Join our friends from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre to find out how Roald Dahl created the story of James and the Giant Peachhis first famous children’s story. Learn to use some of his wondercrump techniques to get your own insect tale underway. Session lasts 45 minutes. 

Limited spaces: 11.30, 13.00 and 14.30
Darwin Centre Learning Space, Orange Zone
Suitable for ages 5+
Free, bookings essential

Pond Life


Discover the amazing hidden world of underwater invertebrates by exploring our pond dips. Don’t worry there are no sharks in our ponds!

Drop-in: 11.00–16.30
Wildlife Garden
Suitable for ages 5+

James's Weird and Wonderful Friends

See all your favourite characters from the book and chat to scientists and science educators at our amazing science stations to discover more about the Museum’s diverse collections.

Drop-in: 11.00–16.00
Darwin Centre Atrium 
Suitable for ages 5+


Busy Bees

Explore the amazing world of bees in this family-friendly drop-in activity for young children (ages 5+) in the Orange Zone.

Drop-in: 11.30–12.30 and 14.00–15.00

What Bug Am I?

Are you a spider or more of a ladybird? Take our bug-based personality quiz to find out what bug you are! Afterwards you can make a special feature of your chosen minibeast to wear through the day.

Drop-in: 12.00–15.00
Darwin Centre Atrium
Suitable for ages 5+

Creepy Crawlies

Explore the diversity of the arthropod world and try your hand at classification.

Drop-in: 11.00–15.00
Darwin Centre Atrium (top of the stairs)
Suitable for ages 5+


Ladybird Detective

How many ladybird species can you identify with our ID guide in our Wildlife Garden? Self-guided: 11.00–16.30



Roald Dahl's Giant Bugs

Join the giant bug band in a celebration of music, adventure and creativity. Hear these amazing giant bugs play songs and tell their fantastic stories.

Drop-in: 11.00, 12.30, 14.00 and 15.30
Darwin Centre Learning Space
Suitable for ages 5+

James's Minibeasts: Science and Fiction

Join Museum scientists to hear about some of the real characters from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach in this Nature Live show. What is a silk worm? Are all ladybirds spotty? Help us bust some myths!

Time: 14.30, limited capacity show
Attenborough Studio, Orange Zone
Suitable for all ages

Important information

Please note that photography and filming may take place during this event, in which you may be identifiable.

These images may be used for Museum marketing purposes on the website, social media and printed publicity materials.

Live coverage may be broadcast via a regional television as publicity for the event.

If you have any concerns about being filmed or photographed, please speak to a member of staff at the event.

Event dates

Roald Dahl Day

Find out how you can get involved in the Roald Dahl Day celebrations on 13 September.

How to find the Wildlife Garden

Useful links

Gallery announcements

Access at South Kensington

Eat, drink and shop

Creepy Crawlies gallery

Make your way to the Creepy Crawlies gallery to explore all things arthropod. Can you can spot James's friends?